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Jan 1, 2013 1:35am PST
. but they did strike a deal on taxes. >> three hours before the midnight dead line senate minority leader mitch mcconnel and joe biden emerge with taxing and spending. >> this is a mini cliff, big cliff still lies in front of us. big cliff. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. far above the $250,000 on which president obama campaigned. those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains and dividends rates. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you will notice on the paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> say the average person earning $1,500 a year will earn $20 more in tax increases. >> reporter: it extends unemployment benefits for one year and keep the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay incom
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm PST
hit the pentagon and other federal agencies this week. they did strike a deal on taxes. three hours before the midnight deadline, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden emerged with a compromise on taxes and agreed to wait on slashing spending. >> this was the mini cliff. the big cliff still lies in front of us. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush-era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year, far above the 250,000 level on which president obama campaigned. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains, plus a new health care reform surtax. rob wood says you'll notice in your paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> the average person, say, earning $50,000 a year is going to pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes in 2013. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff agreemen
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm PST
tax increases and spending cuts kick in january 1 unless lawmakers find some common ground. cbs reporter danielle nottingham on what both sides are saying about the looming deadline. >> reporter: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. but the income threshold is not yet clear. the president and se
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
would mean avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts come january 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hourlong meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. they appear to remain deadlocked on who exactly will pay those higher taxes. wo have two reports tonight, beginning with major garrett at the white house. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. two things are clear tonight arat were not clear this morning: progress is real, and if a deal is reached, it will be ir smaller than any of the key players envisioned only a couple weeks ago. is this deal, if it's to be reached, will not be the so- called grand bargain with trillions of dollars of deficit lionction. in fact, jeff, it's not even clear this deal-- again, if there is one-- would stop the across-the-board spending cuts ulr the defense department and peher government programs. it looks like those cuts will go forward. what the president said today is 24 hours from now the senate lea
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000 while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest america
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 4:00am PST
house to pass the bill without delay. the bill stops most of the tax hikes and spending cuts that were to kick in at midnight. tara mergener is in washington with more this morning. tara, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. well, a deal is now on the books to avert some of the impact of the fiscal cliff which technically we have gone over. now it is up to the house. in the early morning hours of new year's day, the senate began voting on a bill to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter: the senate voted 89-8 to avoid tax hikes for 99% of all americans. >> this shouldn't be the model for how we do things around here. but i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> r if the bill eventually becomes law, the bush era tax cuts will be permanently extended for everyone making less than $400,000 a year. and families making less than $450,000 a year. it will also keep the alternative minimum tax for the wealthy from hitting millions of middle-class families. >> middle-class families will wake up today to the ass
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
toinght. for individuals making more than 400,000 or households more than $450,000, their tax rates are expected to go up next year. for two million jobless americans, their unemployment benefits should be extended at least another year. and that so-called inheritance tax will go from 35 to 40%. but even with all these compromises, it is likely that most of us will be shelling out more cash to the irs come next year. >> you know, keep in mind that just last month republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. obviously, the agreement that's currently being discussed would raise those rates and raise them permanently. [ applause ] >> now -- >> guess what. you may not get any more revenue. you may not get any more economic growth. but you can say, i stuck it to the rich people. >> reporter: only capitol hill, the blame game is in full throttle with just a few hours left before we take the "fiscal cliff" plunge at midnight eastern time. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: vice
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am PST
passed. >> reporter: the senate voted 89-8 to avoid tax hikes for 99% of all americans. >> it shouldn't be the model of how to do things around here but we did some good for the country. >> reporter: if the bill becomes law the bush-era tax cuts will be permanently extended for everyone making less than $400,000 a year and families making less than $450,000 a year and keep the alternative minimum tax for the wealthy from hitting millions of middle class families. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: the senate agreement delays $110 billion in spending cuts due to kick in today for another two months but because the bill doesn't address spending, guessed it passed in the house could be tougher. >> the fact that we're not where we need to on this is disgusting. >> reporter: president obama said he want taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress that was a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly endorsed the deal. tara
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 6:00pm PST
talks is amending the bush era tax cuts, which if unchanged will expire and raise taxes on all americans. starting tuesday, the average tax hike will be three to 5% per person. >> let's keep taxes exactly where they are on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. >> reporter: the president campaigned to increase taxes only on families making more than $250,000 per year. almost two weeks ago, the president offered a compromise to raise taxes only on income above 400,000, hoping that might win republican support. >> i have gone at least halfway. >> reporter: the senate is also negotiating an extension of unemployment benefits for some 2 million jobless americans, without a deal those checks will stop next week for this mother of five who has been searching for work since february. >> if congress does not extend the unemployment benefits, then i would be without a home and i really don't know what else we would do. >> reporter: the deal under discussion in the senate right now doesn't even include the biggest part of the fiscal cliff, that 1.2 trillion dollars in mandatory budget
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
that 24 hours, millions could lose unemployment benefits and nearly everyone's taxes can go up. >>> nobody expected a massive rescue when one man, could not sweupb, fell into the ice into frigid water. how six people ended up being pulled from that water. >>> good evening. an out of control car goes into a funeral home. it was at the scene where the crash disrupted a funeral in progress. >> 5 feet that car came from us. >> reporter: a close call for a group of funeral attendees. a car crashed into the service. >> five seconds after i entered the side room we heard what we thought was a earthquake and turned around and saw the car goes through the front of the building -- go through the front of the building. >> reporter: the speed limit along the road is 40 miles an hour. the teenage driver was going over that. possibly racing the other car. >> during the course of the speed contest there my have been a lane change that may of led to it. >> reporter: it happens the service was for a freelance photographer who died from cancer. he want by the name radar and worked with a newspap
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000. while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way. but the way they're behaving is that their only provide or the is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> reporter: but senators say there is some movement on the issue. >> there's a lot of give and take going on right now. but republicans don't want to see new revenues -- in other words, democrat tax increases -- being used for new spending. >> reporter: the president has said if there is no deal by the end of the day, the senate should draw up legislation to extend the bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. >> there should be an up-or- down vote. everybody have should a right to vote on that. if republicans don't like it, they can vote no. but i actually t
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 6:00am PST
passed. >> reporter: the senate voted 89-8 to avoid tax hooks for 99% -- to avoid tax hikes for 99% of all americans. >> this shouldn't be the way we do things but i think we have done some good for the country. >> reporter: if the bill becomes law, the bush-era tax cuts will be permanently extended for everyone making less than $400,000 a year. and families making less than $450,000 a year. it will also keep the alternative minimum tax for the wealthy from hitting millions of middle class families. >> middle class families will wake up today to the assurance that their taxes won't go up $2,200 each. >> reporter: the senate agreement delays a $110 billion in spending cuts that were due to kick in today for another two months. because the bill doesn't address spending, getting it passed in the house could be much tougher. >> the fact that the president won't challenge his party on spending cuts is disgusting. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: president obama wanted to dole with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 4:30am PST
are taking over talks. if nothing is resolved by midnight, tax rates for all americans will increase and democrats say it means about $2,000 for the average middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work and gas for up to three years. i mean, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise but others want to government -- others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration, he is the spender in chief. >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so we would have $2 cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> senate is in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes at 11 a.m. so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013 they may wake up wishing it was 2012 when they had more money in th
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
happen starting tomorrow. income taxes would increase $2,400 a year for families with an annual income of $50,000 to $75,000. their social security taxes would also go up on average $1,000 a year. and some 2 million jobless americans stand to lose their fed caleral unemployment benefits. in all, the congressional budget office says going over the cliff could cost the country more than 3 million jobs in 2013. we begin our coverage with nancy cordes on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the senate is set to reconvene in about an hour. we're told negotiations progressed well last night, that the vice president is now heavily involved and that the two sides have moved significantly towards one another on the top issue, which is tax cuts. but the big question is whether they can make it the rest of the way before tonight's deadline. senators filled the halls sunday hoping they'd have a deal to vote on, but just before 6:00, the senate leader sent them home. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides but negotiations continue. >> reporter: those ta
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm PST
hammer out an 11th hour compromise to save all americans from the tax hike. tara shows us the deal they're considering only kicks the can down the road. again. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell left the capitol tight-lipped but smiling after working behind closed doors to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. he and majority leader harry reid are working on a scaled- down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to prevent it to the full senate for a vote on sunday, then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was also at the capitol but left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrats' insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know, what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair. and it includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >>
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
budget by new year's day, nearly every american will see a tax increase. we have two reports on the stalemate, beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy. >> reporter: jeff, democratic aides tell cbs news that senate majority leader harry reid is ready to introduce legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff, but only if he gets assurances from republican leaders that they won't try to block it. that standoff is creating some tension on capitol hill that spilled on to the senate floor today. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: in the normally genteel senate, leader reid unleashed a tirade today about house speaker john boehner, accusing him of running a dictatorship in the house. >> speaker boehner is not willing to negotiate. we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, said it's reid who hasn't reached out for weeks. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: but talking about what? so far,
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 5:30pm PST
uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs are secure. it's not an ideal situation. it's more of a conservative, cautious time. and companies are managing carefully, consumers are spending carefully. >> reporter: retailers are now hoping to lure consumers with deep discounts of 75% to 80% off in some cases as they try to salvage profits from this lackluster holiday shopping season. jim. >> axelrod: so, elaine, this is the first set of holiday shopping numbers that we've seen. any chance that they'll be revised as we get more data
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
democrats tell us they are just still too far apart on taxes. democrats was soset the limit at $250, 000, let the tush of bush tax cuts expire for people making more than that. republicansment that limit to be higher, and they're also far apart on estate taxes. they will meet with their caucuses later today and at that point we expect they're going to tell their members they just weren't able to make out a deal on this. >> o'donnell: major, you have been talking to the white house. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff preoccupation hab about taxes but there's another part, across-the-board cuts, and they are preparing to send out furlough noticees, and apply want quester. >> o'donnell: the white house is preparing to do that? >> reporter: it that's. because the deadline is approaching. it cannot reasonably ignore the law, and misapplying. so it is now preparing to send out a variety of notices to federal contractors, the contract is suspended or canceled. or to tell various agency the-- the t.s.a., f.a.a., all through the federal government, lay people off, this is real, because they seapo
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am PST
between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. president obama campaigned on raising taxes on income over $250,000. while many congressional republicans have pushed back against any tax increases. president obama is placing the blame for the impasse on the gop. >> they say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. >> reporter: but senators say there is some movement on the issue. >> there's a lot of give and take going on right now but republicans don't want to see new revenues -- in other words, democrat tax increases -- be used for new spending. >> reporter: the president said if there is no deal by the end of the day, the senate should draw up legislation to extend the bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. >> there should be an up-or- down vote. everybody should have a right to vote on that. if republicans doesn't like it they can vote no but i think there is
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm PST
are one day away from americans getting tax hikes from the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: senators arrived at the capitol to continue last- minute negotiations hours before the nation is set to fall off of the cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, reid, said there will not be a deal tonight. >> this is still distance between the two sides. negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal before midnight on monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i want to get it done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but with drew the proposal. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. >> in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden to help with the negotiation. >> >> they say the biggest thing i
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
was that income threshold that would see tax increases. the president as we know wanted to see those tax increases for households making more than $250,000 while the speaker wants the increase to start at a million dollars. so they have a long way to go. i'm grace lee, cbs 5. >>> wall street isn't putting faith in washington. the dow lost 158 points today. its five-day losing streak is the longest since july. the nasdaq and s&p 500 also closed down. >>> police pulled over a bmw for speeding. but before the officer could walk up to write the ticket, the driver floored it and tried to get away. moments later, the bmw slammed into another car a few blocks away from bishop o'dowd high school. cbs 5 reporter da lin tells us an innocent person was killed because of another's recklessness. >> reporter: it started at 98th and bancroft. two chp officers patrolling the streets of oakland pulled over a bmw for speeding. the driver initially stopped but once the officers got out of their car, investigators say the bmw sped away. less than a mile away, the chp says the driver of the silver bmw m6
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
he called for a limited extension on tax cuts for americans. the last best hope for a deal may rest in the senate. yesterday senator lindsey graham said he would vote for a revenue increase including a tax hike, but he doesn't like it. >> hikes are part of the solution driven by the president but he's going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the americans from a tax hike, that is not a tax increase in my books. >> if there's no deal on new year's day, households between $50,000 and $75,000 will see an increase of $2,399. meanwhile households with $5 money,0 $00,000 to 1 mill could see an crease of $3900. >>> overseas an attack on americans in afghanistan. police officers, over 50 have been killed by police and soldiers this year. >>> in syria a british-based human rights group said over 60 people were killed when there was an attack on a backry. yesterday's air strike was an apparent retaliation for new rebel offensive. elizabeth palmer visited the town in southern syria that's alive with assad regime. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syri
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 1:35am PST
least on the fiscal cliff. we're just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. the president has scheduled a meeting tomorrow with congressional leaders. cbs 5 reporter danielle nottingham on efforts to break the jam in washington. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 1:35am PST
cliff, members of the house and senate, have not returned. in just six days, a 2% payroll tax is set to expire, along with the bush-era tax cuts, shrinking the average person's paycheck in 2013 by about $1500. long-term unemployment benefits for about two million jobless americans are also set to expire. and 110 billion worth of spending cuts to both domestic and defense programs will start to kick in, forcing layoffs in the public sector and for some private sector government contractors. economists predict that if congress doesn't act, all those cuts and new taxes will push the economy back into a mild recession by mid 2013. the impact of some of these new cuts and taxes wouldn't be felt immediately on january 1. that's because the irs and other agencies didn't expect it to come to this. so it could be a few weeks before workers see more money being withheld in their paychecks. cbs news in hawaii. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care at a hospital in houston. a fever that kept mr. bush in the hospital over christmas has apparently gotten worse. doctors have him o
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 7:30am PST
reid are working on a scale down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the senate for a vote on sunday and then send it over to the house. house speaker john boehner was at the capitol but left with no comment. the democrats insist the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for l days. americans deserve to know what does the president propose we do for the over 357 days of the year. sdmrsz -- >> president omaba insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just afford a wound to our economy. >> if sunday's negotiations don't pan out the president says he's red to -- he's ready to propose his own scaled back bill that would preserve expiring unemployment benefits. >> with the deficit ticking higher -- >> it's disgusting. >> miss ing in all the last minute negotiations is talk of the 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tuesday. >> the fiscal cliff count down is the big topic on this morning's fogs the morning
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
cliff tax increases that will pame with the end of the year. >> come january we're going to hit economic hangover when taxes are going to go up and everyone and ebe miserable. >> reporter: analysts say sales ana been strong this holiday season partly because many retailers started cutting prices ngrly. that meant bargains for christmas shoppers but, jeff, may mean lower profits for the jefes. >> glor: john blackstone, thank rou. john mentioned the fiscal cliff. tinight we've learned democrats emocraw moving ahead on their hei plan to avoid it now that talks have broken down with john boehner. white house and congressional leaders have until january 1 to lork out a budget deal. resident obama is in hawaii on udget dn. nancy cordes is there as well. nancy, good evening. nancy, goor: jeff, this would : sentially be a last-ditch effort to avert the fiscal ially be sources tell us that aides to the president have been in talks preliminary talks, with aides to senate majority leader harry elf who himself was here in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of senator daniel inouye. eid is
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Dec 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
that at least protects the middle class from tax increases come january 1. the bill won't address the trillions in deficit reduction, sweeping reforms and federal spending, the u.s. tax code, or stop across-the-board spending cuts. in both parties' weekly addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president proposing we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: both the house and the senate will be in session tomorrow. the senate is expected to take the lead and vote on the scaled- back bill then send it to the house. as many americans brace for the worst, patience is running out. >> they're playing games with people's lives. and i don't think that's correct. >> reporter: even if congress manages to break the gridlock in time, more trouble is just around the corner when the u.s. reaches the debt lim
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
the "fiscal cliff." they have less than five days to come to agreement before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. senate majority leader harry reid has a plan to let tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year along with short-term spending cuts instead of the long-term cuts that would happen if there is nodule. >> the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. >> reporter: negotiations between president obama and house republican leaders stalled last week. the house is now leaving it up to the democratic-controlled senate to solve the problem before the new year deadline. in addition to the "fiscal cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to take the lead in getting the job done. the senate convenes later today and senate majority leader harry reid told members to be prepared to address fiscal cliff issues through the weekend. reid is working on his own plan to get lawmakers to come together before the end of the year deadline. that plan would likely include letting the bush tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year and short term spending cuts instead of the massive long-term cuts that would happen if there is no deal. after our wednesday conference call, house republican leaders issued a statement saying they were waiting for the democratic controlled senate. the house will take this action on whatever the senate can pass they said but the senate first must act. in a sign of public frustration over the lack of a deal the coffee giant starbucks is asking employees in approximately 120 washington
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 5:00am PST
reportedly at the capital on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying jobs, it's that much harder for graduates to pay back student loans weapon tuition rising across the nation. >>> the holiday season isn't what it used to be for american oh. a new po
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Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: house members will return to capitol hill on sunday and could begin voting that night. they would have about 24 hours to approve a deal. adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the nation's debt limit will be reached by december 31st and extraordinary measures would have to be tak
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Dec 24, 2012 11:00pm PST
return later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be able to see them, not for my wife's birthday or my daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last-minute decision on friday, the president declared
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Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
inches of new snowfall in the sierra about 5,000 feet. we will track sack tax cuts and your forecast, coming up. >>> talk about news you can use if you're really last minute. unique gift items that can hide the fact they were bought on christmas eve. ,, trap -- to lure firefighter >>> a developing story out of new york. this home was set on fire and used as a trap to lure firefighters. police say a gunman set the fire and waited for help to arrive. he then started shooting. two firefighters were killed. two others survived. >> cbs reporter jennifer lewis hall is learning more about the firefighters and the man who killed them. >> reporter: firefighters rush to this early morning fire near new york and were met by bullets. police say the 62-year-old lit a home and car on fire so he could lure first responders to the scene and shoot them. two firefighters were killed in the ambush. two more were injured. with crews under attack the flames burned out of control jumping from home to home. >> i am not aware of anything like this in my 23 years. >> a s.w.a.t. team was called in and police
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Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm PST
middle class from tax increases january 1. it won't address deficit resit, across-the-board spending cuts or other issues. in both party addresses, it's clear a big sticking point remains. >> it's a balanced plan one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way, and ask the wealthiest americans to pay more. >> the president's tax hike would only fund the government for 8 days. americans deserve to know what is the president proposing we do for the other 357 days of the year? >> reporter: both the house and the senate will be in session tomorrow. the senate is expected to take the lead and vote on the scaled back bill. then send it to the house. as many americans brace for the worst, patience is running out. >> they're playing games with people's lives. and i don't think that's correct. >> reporter: even if congress manages to break the gridlock in time, more trouble is just around the corner. when the u.s. reaches the debt limit again in a few weeks. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> a new state law that goes into effect tuesday worries pe
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include short-term spending cuts instead of the massive cuts that would occur if there is no deal. it would also patch up the alternative minimum tax that will hit even more middle class families and schedule a drop off for doctors. >> if republicans do give in and support the deal being put together by harry reid that deal is expected to be far less favorable than the potential deal they had been working on with president
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Dec 25, 2012 5:00am PST
for the holidays with a promise of returning in just a couple of days. only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. now it appears democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a compromise to avoid tax hikes on at least the middle class which was the president's parting plea. meanwhile here in california leaders are concerned about what could happen if the tax hikes and budget cuts kick in. >> this would undo a lot of the good of the extra taxes californians are willing to invest in the schools. particularly special needs students would be cut by 10% and the meals program that so many of the californias are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> some county and city officials are concerned about the potential impact on health and welfare programs. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on fede
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
expects to keep unemployment benefits to the jobless and to maintain the bush-era middle class tax cuts but at this point can we avoid the "fiscal cliff"? it is still possible but experts say with every passing hour it becomes more difficult. >> well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> reporter: congressional leaders left the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can
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Dec 24, 2012 12:00pm PST
connecticut shootings and possibility of higher taxes have people watching the bottom line, but here in the bay area consumer spending is following the normal trend. >> we had a spike black friday, a strong first two weeks of december, then it kind of let off and now it's back with a furry. >>reporter: a fury they hope translates to higher sales and holiday smiles. retailers count on the holiday shopping season for about 40% of yearly sales. >>> carolers in san francisco this morning. the they're collecting toys for children across the bay area. among the special appearances, the giant's world series trophy, santa, and the mayor. >> it's a great way to start christmas eve and wishing everyone a really merry christmas. >> you don't even have to go to the union square restaurant to donate. cabs are on call. just call them and they'll come to you and pick up donations. >>> how an emergency response falls into a deadly ambush. >>> how food allergies can lead to other problems at school. >>> how an extreme holiday house is turning the spirit of the season into scorn. we'll be right back. ,,,
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm PST
said to take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this overall problem but what i will not agree to using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even in the senate approves the deal by midnight, the house has to pass it. >>> once the deal is done, what will it mean to you and your family's finances? cbs 5 reporter grace lee with the consequences of a compromise. >> reporter: this deal is not official until both houses pass it and it's signed by the president. outlined at this point it's clear at least when it comes to your taxes. so most middle and low-income families should be spared the bulk of those tax increases. but most of us are going to be paying something extra to the irs in 2013. >> keep in mind just last month republicans in congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest americans. obviously the agreement is currently being discussed would raise those rates
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Jan 1, 2013 7:00am PST
agreement keeps income tax rates steady for most americans limiting tax hikes to households making $450,000. >> i think we can say we've done some good for the country. >> president obama encouraged the house to pass it right away. >> if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> this has not been a great start to the new year for hillary clinton. >> she's undergoing treatment for a blood clot in the head between the brain and the skull. >> she didn't have a stroke. she didn't have a seizure. the prognosis is excellent. >>> estimated 1 million people in times square. >> revelers welcomed in the new year with celebrations around the world, 1,000 people in hong kong, spectacular fireworks display over the skies of london. >> i'm saying let's get it on. >> it's so many people making out. >> it's you and me yea! >> all that matters. >> last night was the first new year's eve without the iconic countdown from dick clark. >> most people come and go dick clark was here for generations. >> someone on twitter said there
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people are just tired of partisanship and they want everyone to come together. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't reach a deal by january 1, many economists are concerned it could eventually lead to another recession. i'm ed payne reporting. >>> president obama appears to have more backing from the public in budget negotiations. a gallup tracking poll released wednesday gives mr. obama 54% support compared to 26% for house speaker john boehner. >>> 5:02. a looming dock worker strike threatens to hurt the economy, as well. longshoremen are locked in negotiations with shipping companies over royalties paid to workers for each ton of cargo they move. a shutdown would impact 15 ports along the east coast and the gulf and officials estimate it will cost $1 billion a day. >>> 5:03. let's check traffic and weather. we had a break yesterday but i guess rain is coming back. >> it's all gone. >>
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Dec 24, 2012 5:00am PST
affect americans' confidence. taxes will go up on january 1st if they don't reach a deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward -- it protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eye can see and hurt jobs. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and columbine occurred. >> hundreds of protests yesterday. >>> amid the debate over gun controls and restrictions, bay area ranges are seeing a sharp increase in
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Dec 25, 2012 4:30am PST
now it appears though democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class this was the president's party plea. >> and as the leaders try to come to some sort of agreement, local leaders say they're preparing to lose billions in services is. cbs 5's political insider now phil matier shows us how it will happen. >> reporter: ed lee was one of the first officials to show up at the annual lefty o'doul's toy drive. but not a lot of christmas cheer out of washington this yore, not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of a $7.5 billion in nonentitled services is. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $80 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts would be in health care, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay alameda county supervisor predicted -- >> our health clinics will get hut. our w. i. c. program which is a program for mothers they get nutrition for their newborn babies and we have several sites in alameda county that would also experience a lar
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Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm PST
and tax increases going into effect. >>> starbucks is trying to do what it can to urge a "fiscal cliff" compromise. the coffee chain is asking employees at its cafes in the d.c. area to write the words "come together" on cups for the next two days. starbucks plans to continue the effort on social media. >>> encouraging signs in the housing market. home prices rose in most major cities in october up more than 4% from a year earlier and october was the fifth straight month of year-over-year gains. taking a look at the big board now, you can see that stocks are down today in a light trading session. you can see the dow is down about 9 points. >>> a bay area family and the season of giving. how the kindness of strangers helped save a family's injured dog. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, donors for saving their dog. c-b-s-5 reporter christin ay >>> a you can bay area couple is thanking -- a young bay area couple is thanking anonymous donors for saving their dog. christin ayers shows us how strangers saved the dog and the family's christmas. >> come on, babe. >> reporter: it was two weeks to christmas
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Dec 31, 2012 5:30pm PST
that extends the bush era tax icans.or 99% of americans. on they are hung up on one key looksing issue, and so it looks like we will go over the fiscal cliff at least temporarily. >> we're very, very close to an agreement. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his mcconnthe-clock negotiations with vice president biden had t id off. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax -- issues. >> reporter: first and foremost, the bush era tax cuts. ohe two sides agreed to extend them permanently for all household income under $400,000 a year for individuals, $450,000 foear for families. egotiators also agreed to prevent the alternative minimum tax on the wealthy from hitting and ions of middle class families every year by permanently adjusting it to inflation. and they agreed to hike the estate tax rate from 35% to 40%, but the first $5 million worth of inheritance would be exempt from taxation permanently. the breakthrough prompted relief inr many, including connecticut enator joe lieberman. >> i hope the negotiations going n now end with
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Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. that uncertainty sparked another day of selling on wall street christmas eve. the dow dropped almost 52 points. >>> one of the most popular gifts under the christmas tree? gift cards. the national retail federation survey found 81% of shoppers bought gift cards this year spending an average of $150 each. >>> despite an increase in gift cards sales retailers anticipate holiday sales will be disappointing. while spending is expected to be up over last year, it is expected to be less than businesses were hoping for. >>> smart phones are a popular gift this year. next year smart cameras could be a big hit. they are already a couple on the market. nikon's new camera has wi-fi gps and many of the apps you'll find on an android smart phone. samsung's galaxy cam can also go an line allowing you to take pictures and immediately share them on social media. other companies are working on similar devices for next year. that's your money watch. for more business headlines go to cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm jennifer lewis hall. >>> wall street ma
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